Calgary Civic Symphony - Stars and Stripes

Sun April 15, 2018 - 2:30 PM
Calgary Civic Symphony - Stars and Stripes

Pre-concert chat/performance at 1:45 pm

IVES Variations on “America”
BARBER Adagio for Strings
ADAMS Dharma at Big Sur
COPLAND A Lincoln Portrait
GERSHWIN Catfish Row (suite from “Porgy and Bess”)



The United States is our closest friend and neighbour - its culture and music have a significant impact on us.  Sit back, close your eyes, and feel the surf wash over you with John Adams' The Dharma at Big Sur.  This amazing live performance event, composed for 6-string electric violin, will feature CPO Concertmaster Diana Cohen and an enhanced and eclectic orchestra.  Experience the immortal and moving words of the 16th US President in Copland's A Lincoln Portrait narrated by Mayor Naheed Nenshi; and hum along to the ever-popular tunes from Gershwin's great opera, Porgy and Bess.

The Jack Singer Concert Hall in Arts Commons is described as one of the most beautiful and acoustically acclaimed venues in North America. Home of Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, BD&P World Stage, and TD Jazz, audiences are treated to some of the world's finest musical events. The hall also welcomes a spectrum of events each season from TED Talks to National Geographic Live speakers, wedding dinners on the stage to rock stars on tour.

Ideal for: Weddings, performances, meetings, graduation ceremonies, and corporate events
Capacity: 1797 – Theatre-style seating 150 – Formal dinner seating 200 – Cocktail reception 
Lighting & A/V: Fully customizable lighting and A/V options
Stage: Stage measures 86' wide by 38' deep. 
Accessibility: Theatre seating includes wheelchair accessible Seats

Named after Mr. Jack Singer ($1.5M contribution from his sons, Alan and Stephen Singer), the concert hall is also the home of the Carthy Organ donated by the Carthy Foundation in the amount of $750,000 in memory of Mrs. Margaret Mannix. Suspended high above the stage is a laminated, 185,000-pound (90-ton) spruce-wood acoustical canopy that can be raised or lowered to tune the hall according to the specific needs of each performer.

Over its 32 year life, Jack Singer Concert Hall has undergone many upgrades to ensure that it remains a state-of-the-art performance hall, including a new million dollar sound system with state-of-the-art hearing assistance in 2004, a complete replacement of all its analog sound boards in 2014, and the full replacement of all of its seats, in 2017.

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